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Hi I'm Matty de Dios

I'm a 19 year old musician, pizza advocate, a full time missionary called to serve in Quezon City, Philippines, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Well, for starters, I'm just a 19 year old suburban boy trying to get out into the world on the right foot, and frankly, I'm afraid I've been born with two left feet (not actually, though). I've recently been called to serve full time as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Quezon City, Philippines! I'm an extrovert on all accounts, proud audiophile, humble boy of two-part time jobs, born and destined to die a city boy, and I make up 1/4th of a beautiful loving family (I'm the youngest of two children, I'm a younger yet bigger brother to a beautiful sister with a family of her own) If you want my completely undivided attention, just talk to me about music. From lounge, electronic dance music, 70's funk, motown, acoustic and folk, big band and contemporary jazz, I love it all. Music is a universal language that everyone enjoys and I just want to be totally fluent some day. I'm a performer, song-writer, aspiring producer and music executive (and for you other producers out there, I'm an FL studios kind of guy), and underneath my passion for this church lies my passion for music. I'm a pianist, jazz bassist, former vocal teacher, African hand percussionist, brass player, electronic music producer and amateur DJ, current music lesson coordinator and retailer, and I'm pretty sure my heart beats at a 128 BPM on a 4/4 time signature. Talk to me about music. Talk to me about my faith. Let's talk about you. Just talk to me, seriously.

Why I am a Mormon

I don't think I can pinpoint a single reason, but if I can boil down the major components into one giant synthesis, it would be because it's transformed my life for the better, both temporally and spiritually. It brings me happiness, and not just momentarily at church, but throughout the week and as I choose to continue practising my faith. Much like music and my testimony, my faith and my personal life aren't dichotomous. The gospel changed my life because it BECAME my new life, it changed EVERYTHING. It intertwines with everything you do, not out of the obligations we make as members of this church, but because we want to. Living the faith perfectly isn't easy but being happy within it IS. I've been a member the majority of my life, but I can't say I found my testimony until recently. But to you, the reader, member or investigator, I assure you that everyone of our faith has to find a testimony for themselves eventually. Sometimes it takes 19 years but I promise you if you search for it, it will become, blessings and happiness included. I went from being outcasted in high school to developing the closest friends I've ever had, all of which have decided to also serve full times in all parts of the world. I went from having a broken household to having an eternal family. I went from being practically apostate to being qualified to represent Jesus Christ and serve a mission in my home land. One moment long ago I was one person, and after a few months I was another. Why am I Mormon? Because the transformations the gospel brings into my life are so extraordinary that I can't recognize myself before I started practising it faithfully, and I promise you, member or otherwise, that living this gospel as faithfully as you can brings CRUCIAL and IMMEASURABLE blessings. God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, who atoned for the sins of the world as a whole but remember specifically that He atoned FOR YOU. He loves you, that is a promise!

How I live my faith

Before I begin, I want to gain some common ground between you and I. Let's make it very clear that living my faith perfectly is impossible, I mean it, and trying to do so isn't easy. We're imperfect people, and frankly, that's all our loving Heavenly Father has ever had to work with. I live my faith to the best of my ability, but I'm hilariously imperfect, emphasis on the hilarious. However, imperfect as I am, I want to make it equally clear to you, that investing my faith in Christ and relying on him constantly has made it easier, and I invite you to do so yourself! The only people who thought that living the gospel wasn't easy, were the ones who thought they could do it by themselves, and I want to clarify to you that you don't have to. So how do I live my faith? With a lot of mistakes. Some bigger than others. But I'm trying to be as valiant as I can, and I'm blessed to have an onslaught of incredible friends and family who make sure I don't have to do it alone. So now that we have that cleared up, let me really tell you how I live my faith. After 18 months of preparation, life changes, personal battles and trials, I've been qualified as one worthy to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the birth city of my parents, Quezon City, Philippines. I'm the current executive assistant to the secretary of my ward (my area's congregation), an ordained Elder in the church, and I sometimes provide musical services for our services! My passion for my faith and my music aren't dichotomous, they go hand in hand. Music intertwines with my testimony because that's exactly what sacred hymns are; declarative musical pieces that epitomize our testimonies. How grateful I am that my two deepest passions can be intertwined, that my testimony can be demonstrated not only through my actions but through my talents, and that by devoting my talents to Him, He can magnify the talents he's graciously given me.